Help me buy a new desktop.
January 10, 2010 11:17 AM Subscribe
Please help me buy a new desktop computer for photo editing.
posted by number9dream to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My primary (ok, only) computer is a desktop which is now almost six years old. I've recently gotten into photography, and my machine is dreadfully slow when I'm running Lightroom to do my photo editing. I have 3GB of RAM installed, and looking at system performance shows that the processor is the limiting factor here, not the memory.
The other things I use my computer for are not very resource-intensive: mostly email, music, watching DVDs, LaTeX, web-surfing, Skype, etc.
I think it's time to replace this machine. My plan is to get a new desktop now, and in the near future a netbook so I can be more mobile. I'm running XP now, and I will probably switch to Windows 7. Macs are too expensive for my budget.
Budget is around $800. I don't need a monitor, speakers, or any other peripherals.
My questions are:
1) For the purpose of doing photo editing stuff, what features should I be looking for? Dual-core or quad-core processor? Lots of memory? Other?
2) Any particular models or manufacturers that I should be looking at?